Are you ready? The 11+ Countdown: 2 months to go
With the half term so close (and a lucky few already on their holidays), it’s a great time to think about those other resources that might benefit your child. We all have stacks of revision guides littering up desks and half completed books of ‘practice tests’ lying around, but what else might be helpful and how can we avoid making these resources feel too much like extra work?
I am a BIG believer in the power of films, audiobooks and magazines. Firstly, because using them feels a lot less like work. Secondly, because we use ALL of our senses to learn. The bright pictures in magazines, and the way in which key information is summarised and made obvious is extremely helpful. Many people also learn better through sound than by looking at words on a page: films and audiobooks are great for these learners. Lastly, and certainly not least, these resources are great for encouraging children to attempt texts that they might not otherwise attempt (think non-fiction and Victorian writing).
So, with all of that in mind, these are my top picks for the half term- enjoy!
The Week Junior Magazine: https://theweekjunior.co.uk/
Best for: Children who want to keep up-to-date with current affairs and those preparing for school interviews.
Jane Eyre: (this is available for £2.49 on YouTube films) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_vzaj7Fq-0
Best for: Children preparing for 11+ comprehension assessments.
(originally on the BBC and available for £5.99 on Amazon) https://www.amazon.co.uk/Great-Expectations-DVD-Ray-Winstone/dp/B006H3Q7LA